ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Although the Roanoke Valley saw close to 1,000 announced job losses in 2015 nearly 2,000 jobs were created, according to staff at the Roanoke Regional Partnership.
Officials said there are currently nearly 12,000 advertised job openings with the Virginia Employment Commission. However, the hunt for work continues for some people who said it is hard to find good-paying jobs in the region.
"Minimum wage employment is not going to be enough to support a family," said Lavonia Skilton, job seeker.
Skilton said she has been looking for work for nearly 6 months. She was among a group of people who went to Goodwill Industries of the Valleys to help gain the skills to advance her career.
"If you don't have certifications or a full education people are not going to look at you" said Jesse Robinette, job seeker.
Staff at the Roanoke Regional Partnership said they've seen growth in the private sector. They said they expect more jobs in the service industry as well manufacturing to become available in 2016. Job seekers said they are using resources such as the programs at Goodwill to connect with job opportunities.
"We are all willing to do the work to get good jobs but if you don't have the resources it's difficult," said Robinette.
Companies across the Roanoke region plan to take part in job fairs throughout January. On Thursday, January 7th, Lowes plans to have a job fair at the Goodwill Melrose Job Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 14: Atlas Logistics Job Fair from 10am to 12pm at the Roanoke Jobs Campus, Suite B
January 21: Home Depot Job Fair from 10am to 12pm at the Roanoke Jobs Campus, Suite B
KROGER JOB FAIR
Interviews will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on January 15 in all Kroger stores in western Virginia and West Virginia.
Those interested can also apply online https://jobs.kroger.com/ or head into to any Kroger store in western Virginia and West Virginia.